Frequently Asked Questions
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a holistic way of treating a variety of conditions through diagnosis and evaluation, followed by the needle stimulation of acupuncture points along the body’s meridians, or energy pathways. While there can be some sensation or mild discomfort as the needles are being placed, it is most often a painless and relaxing procedure.
Acupuncture has been utilized successfully for thousands of years in China, Japan, Korea and elsewhere in Asia, and for more than 50 years in the U.S. It can be used preventatively as well as for pain, and with regular treatments can make recovery of weakened systems or injured areas happen more quickly.
Acupuncture may be used alone, with Chinese herbal medicine, or in conjunction with conventional Western medical therapies, and is appropriate for people of all ages.
what is chinese herbal medicine?
Chinese herbal medicine consists mainly of plant-based sources, in raw, powder or pill form. If you are opposed to using animal products your formula will not include these. In Asia, herbal formulas have traditionally been used as the fundamental method of treatment for a variety of ailments, based on a patient’s individual constitution and medical condition.
While off-the-shelf Chinese herbal solutions are available in natural food stores and some pharmacies and are appropriate for mild conditions such as the common cold, individual remedies for chronic conditions are prescribed only after a thorough assessment which may include but is not limited to pulse, appearance, skin color and temperature, gait, facial features, the appearance of the tongue, the patient’s symptoms and medical history, and other diagnostic techniques and questions during the intake.
For a thorough overview of Chinese Medicine, a comprehensive FAQ, as well as to understand the training and requirements of acupuncturists in California, visit the California State Oriental Medical Association's website here.